The Pilot’s Way

  • Pilot’s blog: My Route to the Sky

    Pilot’s blog: My Route to the Sky

    Quick navigation: First of all, let me introduce myself. I am Viktor, I have a Commercial Pilot License, and I recently moved to Canada. Currently I am looking for a pilot job. My quick CV: I finished the first step, and I totally understand that it is only the beginning of a long path. If […]

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  • EASA Modular Route Description

    I frequently refer to the EASA route for getting a first airline job, so I decided to create a separate post about it with brief description of each step. Basically airlines in Europe require a commercial pilot license with multi-engine instrument rating and ATPL theoretical exams passed plus some additional certificates like UPRT and MCC. […]

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  • Advantages of studying in the US for the EASA PPL holder

    At the first glance it does not look very natural to go study to the US if the final goal is the EASA CPL, but I’ve chosen this way on purpose. First of all, my final goal is not only EASA license but both EASA and FAA. That is because I consider job opportunities all […]

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  • EASA MEP/IR/PBN: Ready, Steady, Go!

    One more important step for getting a job is complete: I added Multi-Engine and Instrument Rating to my EASA license. EASA Instrument Rating does not automatically applies to all class and type ratings in the license (like FAA), so I had to pass two different checkrides. Basically CPL with these ratings allows to apply for […]

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  • EASA CPL: Brand New Commercial Pilot

    One more milestone is passed – now I officially possess EASA Commercial Pilot License with single-engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings. It took about 50 flight hours and almost a year – mainly because of theoretical exams preparation, and today I passed the practical exam. The commercial course itself took 15 dual hours, one long solo […]

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  • EASA CPL Checkride Prerequisite

    Just a quick note about FAA and EASA commercial checkride. According to the EASA rules the aircraft for a commercial pilot checkride must have at least 4 seats (including pilot), retractable gear and variable-pitch propeller (“complex airplane” in the FAA terms). That is stated in the Part-FCL Regulation (EC) 1178/2011, Appendix 4, Part B, paragraph […]

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  • EASA Multi-Engine Training

    All turbojet or turboprop aircrafts usually require a type rating, and almost all airliners require two pilots. I am not going to describe obtaining a type rating or multi-crew training in this post – I will do it later when I will be at that stage, but I mentioned it because of the EASA rules. […]

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  • CPL Long Cross-Country

    Solo cross-country flight of more than 300 nautical miles (it is about 540 km) with at least two full stop landings in different airports other than a departure airport is a requirement for any Commercial Pilot. This is correct both for the EASA and FAA, but FAA also requires that one of the airport should […]

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  • Tecnam or Cessna?

    About a month ago I started my EASA Commercial Pilot training. I flew about 4 hours and went back home, and now I am going to finish it. Our school has some cessnas 152 and one TECNAM P2008JC. Usually all C152 are all booked well in advance, but Tecnam is less popular, so I booked […]

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  • OK CPL!

    I am currently on the way to my EASA Commercial License! As I already mentioned, I’ve chosen some rather unusual route to my pilot career: EASA PPL, then FAA IR and FAA CPL, and finally EASA CPL. It looks a little strange, but in reality it has some advantages. Initially I came to Czech Republic […]

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  • EASA Instrument Checkride

    I completed my competency-based instrument rating course and recently got my night rating. The examiner was able to squeeze my exam into his schedule on Sunday, and the weather was perfect, so I had my checkride today. It was my second attempt since previously the attitude indicator failed in the school Cessna 172, and we […]

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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada